The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is the government agency created under Executive Order No. 546 promulgated on July 23, 1979, and conferred with regulatory and quasi-judicial functions taken over from the Board of Communications and the Telecommunications Control Bureau which were abolished in the same Order.
Primarily, the NTC is the sole body that exercises jurisdiction over the supervision, adjudication and control over all telecommunications services throughout the country. For the effective enforcement of this responsibility, it adopts and promulgates such guidelines, rules, and regulations relative to the establishment operation and maintenance of various telecommunications facilities and services nationwide.
Although independent, in so far as its regulatory and quasi-judicial functions are concerned, the NTC remains under the administrative supervision of the Department of Transportation and Communication as an attached agency. However, with respect to its quasi-judicial functions, NTC’s decisions are appealable to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
The National Telecommunications Commission shall proactively and continually create a responsive regulatory environment for a viable, affordable, reliable and accessible telecommunications and information infrastructure and services to ensure the welfare and protection of our people.
By 2020, National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) is a world class regulatory agency able to lead the Telecommunications and Information sector as an engine for progress and development.
- To regulate the installation, operation and maintenance of radio stations both for private and public use. (Radio Control Law, Act No. 3846, as amended).
- To regulate and supervise the provision of public telecommunications services (Radio Control Law, Act No. 3846, as amended and Public Telecommunications Policy Act of 1995, RA No. 7925).
- To manage the radio spectrum (Radio Control Law, Act No. 3846, as amended and Public Telecommunications Policy Act of 1995, RA No. 7925)
- To regulate and supervise radio and television broadcast stations, cable television (CATV) and pay television (EO No. 546 and EO No. 205)
- Grants certificates of Public convenience and Necessity/Provisional Authority to install, operate and maintain telecommunications, broadcast and CATV services.
- Grants licenses/permits to purchase, possess, construct, operate and maintain radio stations
- Allocate/sub-allocate and assign the use of radio frequencies.
- Type approve//type-accept all types radio communications equipment (WDN, CPE…etc).
- Conduct radio communication’s examination and issue radio operators certificate.
- Prepare, plan and conduct studies for policy and regulatory purposes.
- Monitor the operation of all telecommunications and broadcast activities.
- Enforce applicable domestic and international laws, rules and regulations, prosecute violation thereof, and impose appropriate penalties/sanctions.
- ssue licenses to operate land, maritime, amateur, aeronautical station and other safety and special radio services.
- Perform such other telecommunications/broadcast-related activities as may be necessary in the interest of public service.